When I wrote here that:
"Fiction, including fantasy, reflects reality."
- I unconsciously echoed the concluding sentence of Anderson's Introduction to Operation Chaos (New York, 1995), facing p. 1:
"...all fiction, even the lightest fantasy, grows out of this real world where we live."
Is my formulation an improvement? It is five words instead of fifteen.
In this case, the fantasy of "Operation Changeling" grew out of the real world events of the 1960's which Anderson describes as "...that 'low dishonest decade'..." Were the 1960's dishonest? My impression of that decade is positive, not negative. Were people wrong to think that they could live differently and change the world? I still think that we can although it is not easy. That was the dishonesty: some people thinking that they had already solved the world's problems instead of, at best, made a start. But we do need to change something, surely?
A guy interviewed on British television referred to the ideals of the 1960's and said, "Maybe we should still believe in those things..." What a sad response! Does he not still believe in peace etc? Was it all a fad? If he does not believe now what he believed then, has he not formulated an alternative? We have all had more than enough time to reflect.